Jagged Edge singer Kyle Norman probably won't be meeting his fiancée at the altar, because he's been accused of beating her ... and attempting to make her swallow her own engagement ring.
The singer was arrested early Thursday morning in Atlanta after officers responded to a fight call between the couple ... and found her with a golf ball-sized welt on her head.
According to cops, the woman claims Norman threatened to kill her ... then he allegedly began punching and choking her with a scarf -- and then tried to force the ring down her throat.
We're told Norman went peacefully when cops arrived. He claimed the whole fight started because he was upset about his dad having cancer. She says they were arguing about drinking.
Norman was charged with aggravated assault, and is still behind bars.
Not Again ...
Kids Get Swatted
1/29/2015 1:01 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
LAPD rushed to the home of Diddy's kids in response to a death threat and gunfire call ... but it may just be a bad comeback for "swatting."
Law enforcement sources tell us ... cops got a call early Thursday AM that a disturbing letter threatening to kill everybody in the house was left on the doorstep of baby mama Kim Porter's L.A. area home.
Officers rushed to the scene, but no one was home ... nor was there a letter.
Six minutes after cops left ... another call came in reporting multiple shots were fired, and the house was engulfed in flames. Police rushed back, but again ... nothing.
We're told cops are investigating to see if the calls are connected to a rash of "swatting" back in 2013 ... when celebs like Diddy, Magic Johnson, Khloe Kardashian, Clint Eastwood, and Rihanna were victimized.
I Don't Fly Loaded ...
Carry-On Gun Was an Accident
1/29/2015 11:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
It may be difficult to mistake a MAC-10 for a MacBook Pro ... but former "Love and Hip Hop" star Benzino says his recent airport arrest was just a tech inspired accident.
Benzino tells us he stores his gun at home in a laptop bag -- unsafe, we know -- and when he left for the airport Tuesday night, the producer forgot to take his 9 millimeter out of the luggage.
The reality star says he bought the gun last year after he was shot on the way to his mom's funeral procession ... but he doesn't carry it around at all times.
Benzino adds, "This is an unfortunate situation that was a huge honest mistake and I will always check from now on exactly where it is."
Maybe he should take a gun safety class as well.
Alleged Gun-Toting Video
From Day Of Odin Lloyd Murder ...
1/29/2015 10:34 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
It could be the closest thing to a smoking gun ... prosecutors just played video in court showing Aaron Hernandez holding what they claim is a firearm in the hours after he allegedly killed Odin Lloyd.
Prosecutors say the footage was taken inside Hernandez's Massachusetts house on June 17, 2013 ... showing the forming NFL star clutching what appears to be a glock firearm.
Officials believe Lloyd was shot 6 times earlier that morning ... and are convinced Aaron pulled the trigger using the very same gun in the surveillance video.
Aaron's lawyers are calling the video into question -- saying the object in Hernandez's hand could be anything from an iPad to a cell phone to a remote control.
Opening statements in the murder case just wrapped up. Stay tuned ...
I'm Riding With the Hells Angels Now
... Travis, Beware
1/29/2015 9:59 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Travis Barker has good reason to be worried about a run-in with Shanna Moakler's biker boyfriend ... turns out he's a Hells Angel.
TMZ has learned the boyfriend Moakler allegedly threatened to let loose on Barker ... is in the club's San Fernando Valley Chapter. Shanna and Travis were both arrested a couple of weeks ago for slinging death threats.
Sources close to Shanna believe Barker will try to use her bf's Angel ties against her in their custody battle, but we're told Shanna's insisting he's a nonviolent pussy cat with no rap sheet.
Despite her concerns ... Shanna posts pics of her man on the reg, but always blurs the Hells Angel patches on his cut. We're told Shanna's reminding friends the Angels do a lot of good charity rides and fundraisers.
Just don't ever touch his hog ... unless you're Shanna.
I'm in Control of My TV Docuseries
1/29/2015 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Bruce Jenner is calling ALL the shots in the production of his upcoming docuseries which chronicles a journey that will produce some fundamental changes in his life ... TMZ has learned.
Sources familiar with the production tell TMZ ... the docuseries will begin airing in either May or June on E!.
We're told a significant portion of the docuseries will involve Bruce's interaction with doctors, discussing procedures and goals. It will also deal with psychological implications.
As we reported, Bruce's family, including his daughters, sons and Kris, will all appear on the show but they are not the central part.
Our sources say Bruce is at the center of production. Kris is not calling any of the shots. And we're told it's a "completely separate project" from "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" and Bruce does NOT want it to air until the "Kardashians" finale is over and out.
I've Been Covering Up Who I Really Am
... Begs for Mercy
1/28/2015 9:42 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber is making a very emotional and thought-provoking apology to his fans -- but what's unclear is exactly WHY he's doing it.
Bieber seemed to be pouring his heart out in the video he posted late Wednesday evening. He copped to covering up his true feelings for the past year and a half ... and promised he was trying to change.
The video mea culpa came hours after Justin taped an episode of "Ellen." Sources at the taping tell us Justin kinda bombed the appearance -- giving Ellen DeGeneres one word answers ... and seeming extremely nervous.
In his confession, Justin says "I was afraid of what people are thinking about me right now."
JB added ... he wanted everyone to know he's not the type of person to say, "I don't give a f**k" -- or at least he isn't anymore. Watch the video ... makes you wonder how badly he really tanked.
I'm The Next Indiana Jones ...
If You Say So, Sure?
1/29/2015 8:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Pratt is getting into "Indy" flicks -- and getting handy with a bullwhip -- at least everyone hopes he is ... and he's not doing much to squash the blockbuster rumor.
If you missed it, there's been buzz that Pratt will be the next "Indiana Jones" ... and Wednesday night at LAX, our photog (and a clever autograph seeker) got Chris to answer the big question.
CP was on his way back from a hunting trip, and claimed he's been busy killing things in the woods -- so he tries to play the "ignorance is bliss" card at first.
But watch Pratt's short roundabout answers ... to us, it sounds like there's more than a chance.
Prosecutor Calls BS ...
Will Recommend Jail
1/29/2015 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Lindsay Lohan could go to jail for doing BS community service ... at least if the prosecutor has his way.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... prosecutor Terry White is indignant over the revelation Lindsay's community service organization let her do ridiculous things to fulfill her obligation. As we first reported, Lindsay got 18 hours credit for meeting and greeting fans after her London play.
And Lindsay got 70 hours credit for allowing young people to follow her around for "work shadowing experience" ... pretty incredible, since she wasn't working at the time.
We're told White believes Lindsay had an obligation to inform the court the types of community service she was doing. White objected to allowing Lindsay to do her community service in London for this very reason, and now we're told he feels she's manipulated the system and should do jail time for not completing legitimate community service.
Lindsay's lawyer, Shawn Holley, told the judge her client merely did what she was told to do by the community service organization.
I'm Raging Mad ...
Over Chick Ghostbusters [TMZ TV]
1/29/2015 10:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Donald Trump isn't waiting for the new 'Indiana Jones' or the all-chick "Ghostbusters" reboot to even be filmed ... before blasting out his reviews -- and they ain't good.
Now, if we can just get Donald's take on real comedy -- Harvey's pitch for a “Titanic” remake. It's awfully hysterical ... but mostly just awful.
Lil Wayne to Birdman
I'm Willing to Stay
If the Price is Right
1/29/2015 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Lil Wayne will stay with Cash Money and Birdman IF they ante up the money he's owed ... in fact, we're told if Cash Money pays up, Wayne has no choice but to stay.
Sources involved in the case tell TMZ ... Wayne feels Birdman's decision to avoid paying him is nothing more than a power play. TMZ broke the story that Wayne is suing, and a central claim is that Birdman has consistently stiffed him over the last year.
There are 2 payments that have irked Wayne -- he says he was owed $8 million when he went into the studio to record "Tha Carter V" in December 2013, and another $2 mil when he completed the album last month.
We're told the hope is that Universal -- which distributes Cash Money Records -- will step in and earmark the $10 mil for Wayne. And we're told Universal is already putting pressure on Cash Money to settle.
If Cash Money pays Wayne the $10 mil, it would essentially eliminate any breach of contract. That means Wayne would have no legal basis to ask out of the contract. Even though Wayne's suing for $51 million, most of that is predicated on future lost profits which would not be an issue if they settle.
As for the release of "Tha Carter V" ... even if the case settles the power would be in Birdman's claws.
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My Boobs Bring Peace ...
To The Middle East
1/29/2015 12:37 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Chelsea Handler believes the God to whom you pray doesn't matter ... one thing's universal ... men of all faiths can appreciate a nice rack.
Handler has two things that can bring Jews and Muslims together and they're both on her chest ... she posted the topless Instagram pic -- with Star of David pasties -- while vacationing Wednesday in Israel.
This isn't her girl's first rodeo -- she swapped the camel for a horse and out-chested Vladimir Putin -- and pants also seem optional.
She's right though, you don't need to be topless for peace ... but it doesn't hurt to try.
Farrah Can Have My Porn Award ...
I'm a Mom Now
1/29/2015 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
And the AVN Award for Best Celebrity Sex Tape ... does not go to Farrah Abraham -- but her cakes might take the cake anyway, since the actual winner Tila Tequila would rather be Mommy of The Year.
Tila won the trophy last weekend for her Shakespearean effort in "Tila Tequila 2: Backdoored and Squirting" -- but she tells us she'd be happy to give it to Farrah ... who clearly wanted it more.
During the award ceremony, the former "Teen Mom" mistakenly stood up as Tila was named the winner -- but Tila, who squeezed out a baby girl in November ... says she'd rather be known as a great mom than for great anal.
No word if the "Backdoor Teen Mom" will accept Tila's offer, but we're sure she's got a place to put it.